Indian 5G equipment to run on global resistance to China tech solutions

According to a US-based technology inventor, the growing global opposition to Chinese telecom equipment in light of the shifting geopolitical landscape may offer a market opportunity for products made in India, with the Tata Group and Reliance Jio leading the pack of suppliers.

AJ Paulraj, a Stanford University professor emeritus, told ET that we must construct 5G hardware in India. By deploying the 4G technology created by the Tatas, I believe that BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam) will experience its first successful day. Due to the pushback on China, the US may help India, which can use the opportunity to develop locally produced equipment faster.

Paulraj is an inventor of the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology that plays a central role in Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G wireless networks today. He headed a high-level forum constituted in 2017 to work on India’s 5G roadmap and study the spectrum needs. He said it was high time for India to build telecom technology locally, and noted that the US was already struggling to make (5G) technology within their country.

He added that”We must start in 5G. We should build some boxes ourselves. In those boxes, 95% component base is still to be imported, but 5% should be coming from Indian companies. State-run BSNL is set to deploy homegrown 4G gear to be supplied by Tata Consultancy Services, which bought a majority stake in Bengaluru-based radio equipment manufacturer Tejas Networks.

Moreover, for the deployment of BSNL’s 4G network, the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), a state-owned telecom technology company, has created interoperable 4G core equipment. C-DoT recently asserted that it had developed a 5G core for the non-standalone (NSA) mode. According to Jio, its own 5G core was created in-house and complies with standards set by the global third-generation partnership project (3GPP), an international technology forum. The telco hopes to make 5G services accessible and affordable by utilizing next-generation technology that has been designed and developed domestically.

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